8 Common Questions About Writing In Deep Point Of View

by Lisa Hall-Wilson

Deep viewpoint is a design of writing that aims to immerse the reader in the story so they share the characters emotional journey as though its their own. This is accomplished by removing the author/narrator voice from the writing, which is simpler said than done. Deep POV is incredibly popular in some genres and is growing in appeal in others as readers increasingly look for an experience in addition to being captivated.

I was asked by my trainees if I would create an FAQ for deep POV, and this is the very first post towards that goal. These are a few of the more regular questions I get asked on my blog site and in my complimentary Facebook group Going Deeper With Emotions In Fiction.

1. When Can I Use Italics In Deep POV?

Usually, in deep POV you dont utilize italics for internal discussion or self-talk. When a character is thinking without the he/she believed tags or using italics, many readers can figure out. Where italics is used in deep pov is if theres telepathy or mind-speak included (taking a look at you paranormal and dream authors) to distinguish when a character is believing from when theyre speaking with someone without words.

2. Is First Or Third POV Better In Deep POV?

You can utilize either effectively. When composing in very first person, you are not instantly writing in deep pov though, so keep that in mind. This ends up being more an option of personal choice and genre/audience. Some genres appear to trend more towards one than the other.

3. Is Deep POV Better In Present or past Tense?

Exact same answer as above. Both can be equally efficient so its more about individual choice and genre.

4. What Are Some Books That Use Deep POV?

I have checked out most however not all of these. My trainees will often ask me about a specific book and Ill utilize the Look Inside function on Amazon to check out the very first few pages. These books appear or are to be written entirely in deep POV and represent a variety of categories.

The Help — Kathryn StockettThe Hunger Games — Suzanne CollinsDivergent — Veronica RothWater For Elephants — Sara GruenHer Galahad — Melissa JamesPaladin of Souls — Lois McMaster BujoldDreamlander — K.M. WeilandCry Wolf — Patricia BriggsROOM — Emma DonaghueThe Last Seers — Lisa Hall-WilsonCross My Heart — Pamela CookCursed Wishes — Marcy KennedyTough Road — Elizabeth SafleurThe Ladderman — Angela ArcherBecause Of Dylan — Erica Alexander

5. Why Cant I Use Emotion Words In Deep POV?

Steve kicked the can down the street, hands pushed so far down his pockets he mayve brought up his socks. Too depressed to go home, he trudged past home and headed to the park.

The majority of the time, composing that the character seethes, delighted, depressed, anxious, etc. is considered informing. With deep pov, we wish to compose as though we are the character experiencing this story in genuine time. We dont label feelings in our own minds really often, we FEEL emotions. This develops the immersive result readers crave. For those who are conscious of this rule in deep pov, what more typically happens is informing and showing.

Steve kicked the can down the street, hands shoved so far down his pockets he mightve pulled up his socks. He treked previous house and headed to the park.

6. How Do You Anchor The Beginning Of A Scene In Deep POV Without Telling?

When Jerry sat down for breakfast, it was 5 days later.

Often its informing, often its author intrusion, but making certain the reader is rooted in who, when, where, etc. at the beginning of a chapter is a difficulty for those brand-new to deep POV. When succeeded, you can set aside this guideline in deep pov if youre able to become the character– populate their skin so to speak for a bit– and let the character feel their way through a scene.

Jerry dropped onto the only uncluttered chair at the table with a bowl of granola and the weeks stack of newspapers under his arm. He opened the oldest paper and spread it throughout the table. He had five days of news to capture up on..

7. How Do You Remove Filter Words Like Felt, Saw, Or Heard In Deep POV?

She felt herself drawn to the last door left wing. < These filter words are considered informing in deep pov however are absolutely acceptable in other designs, and it can be hard to move the mindset to compose without them. Attempt to write it as though YOU are the character and the character has no audience.

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